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Polar Imperative

December 2011

"Despite seeking to inform a public audience, Grant's scholarship provides a richly footnoted argument accompanied by a comprehensive bibliography. Copiously and imaginatively illustrated. Highly recommended."

Choice Magazine, Dec 1, 2011
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Polar Imperative

September 2011

"Grant's comprehensive survey comes across as a fresh look at a region that has long consumed our identity as Canadians."

Canada's History, Sep 1, 2011
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Polar Imperative

February 2011

"The book as a whole is expertly documented and eminently readable."

Arctic Book Review, Feb 21, 2011
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Polar Imperative

January 2011

"This is a book that you could dip into every time Arctic sovereignty pops up. There is a good index, excellent maps and well-chosen illustrations."

Peterborough Examiner, Jan 22, 2011
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Polar Imperative

September 2010

“This book is a ‘must read’ for every Canadian who is interested in the history of the Arctic: Grant recounts the fascinating story of how Canada—a modest and sparsely populated country—successfully asserted sovereignty over the entire Arctic Archipelago in the face of considerable odds.”

Policy Options, Sep 1, 2010
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Polar Imperative

June 2010

"Polar Imperative is the first really detailed study of 200 years of North American sovereignty in the Arctic, written from a Canadian vantage point but with excellent documentation of American, Danish, British and Norwegian histories."

The Globe and Mail, Jun 19, 2010
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Polar Imperative

June 2010

“We understand Canada's odd position in the Arctic club far better now because a new generation of scholars has focused its attention not on individual nations or on heroic narratives but on the interplay between powers, empires and governments in the polar region...Grant's Polar Imperative is the first really detailed study of 200 years of North American sovereignty in the Arctic, written from a Canadian vantage point but with excellent documentation of American, Danish, British and Norwegian histories.”

Globe & Mail, Jun 18, 2010
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Polar Imperative

May 2010

“Grant knows this stuff better than anyone and has always told her complex tales well.”

Toronto Star, May 22, 2010
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Polar Imperative

May 2010

"Polar Imperative may well be the best book ever written on the history of the Arctic in North America. In the age of climate change and competition for Arctic resources, this original and provocative book will spark renewed debate about the future of the North. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand what is going on in the Arctic today."

Ken Coates, author of Arctic Front, May 1, 2010
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Polar Imperative

May 2010

"Shelagh Grant has confirmed her position as our leading historian of the North"

J.L. Granatstein, historian, May 1, 2010
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